Posts Tagged: ira glass

What’s So Great about Relatability?

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In the wake of a tweet by Ira Glass that called Shakespeare’s plays unrelatableRebecca Mead explores why we care so much about whether we can relate to a play, story or work of art. She admits there’s nothing new about people wanting to see themselves reflected in art, but is still bothered by this recent insistence on relatability:

To appreciate “King Lear”—or even “The Catcher in the Rye” or “The Fault in Our Stars”—only to the extent that the work functions as one’s mirror would make for a hopelessly reductive experience.

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Notable New York, This Week 4/5 – 4/11

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This week in New York The Rumpus throws an A Night Together with Sam Lipsyte, Michael Showalter, Lorelei Lee, Jeff Lewis, Jump-Off winners and more, Jamaica Kincaid and Rick Moody help collect Books for NY Schools, Richard Nash and Jim Hanas debate fiction and technology, Gary Shteyngart and Amy Sohn host a Shabbat dinner, Robert Coover reads, Etgar Keret talks to Ira Glass and Frederick Wiseman’s film Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind screens.

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Different Sorts of Rubbish, Links by Thomas Seely

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X Minus 1 is the perfect  companion to insomnia. It sounds like a psychotropic drug developed by the C.I.A., but if you’re like me, this series of radio plays might be just the kind of vintage sci-fi escapism needed to get you through a  night plagued by financial anxiety.  Produced in the 1950s for NBC, X Minus 1 features stories by Rad Bradbury, Philip K Dick, and Issac Asimov, along with plenty of theremin-related sleep-inducing sound effects.

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